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Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris


Sexes are similar. White with faint yellow under wings and tail. Forehead, lores, band across throat and bases of feathers on head, mantle and upper breast are orange-scarlet. Bare eye-ring skin pale grey-blue. Eye dark brown. Bill long-tapered, bone. Feet and toes are mid-grey.


Open forest, woodland and grassland. These Long-billed Corellas perch in a Eucalyptus Tree and then pick through my friends backyard, Hervey Bay. Often have Spotted Turtle-dove,Crested Pigeon and Little Corella, in same vicinity.


Long-billed Corellas have a 'sentinel' warning system, like that of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. A few birds remain in the trees above, on the lookout for danger, while the rest are feeding. Contact call, two-syllable yodel; shrieks in alarm. Apparently, in the past twenty odd years, these birds have extended their territory -north, east. Some of these colonies may be aviary escapees. Reference;- Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds. Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds. Photographs have been edited.

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armadeus.4 2 years ago

Wonderful little series Single D! I hope one day to see one of these critters. Thank you for sharing :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Amazing spotting! I did not know we had a long-billed species of corella, but they are still unmistakably corellas. I get the little corellas at my place, and they love the conifers and bunyas nearby.

Single D
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Single D

Point Vernon, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 3, 2019
Submitted on Jun 4, 2020

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